Turnbull bats away leadership question and talks up coalition team at Wentworth candidates forum

    By David Davis  August 15, 2013 With three minutes to go, all candidates except one were seated on the stage in the Paddington RSL in Sydney’s east. With one minute remaining, Malcolm Turnbull arrived and took his seat. A kind of hush fell over the room. The line-up at the Wentworth Federal Election Forum on Monday hosted by the local newspaper, the Wentworth Courier, was Malcolm Turnbull (Liberal), Di Smith (Labor), Matthew Robertson (Greens) Marsha Foxman (Palmer United Party) and Beresford Thomas (Christian Democratic Party) The candidates each made brief opening statements, then fielded questions emailed to the newspaper and took questions from the audience. The first o speak, […]

Why Turnbull towers in Wentworth, from foggy bottom to shining shore

View Larger Map Wentworth Seat Profile By David Davis 28 July 2013 The electorate of Wentworth is home to Australia’s richest street, the spectacularly situated Wolsley Road in Point Piper. Mansions line glittering Sydney Harbour, and higher series BMWs and Mercedes effortlessly climb the steep hills receding from the shoreline. Meanwhile, in nearby Woolloomooloo, the sometimes foggy bottom of the electorate, sits the southern hemisphere’s largest centre for homeless men, the Matthew Talbot Hostel. Wentworth has Australia’s highest per capita income and is the nation’s smallest electorate at just 29 square kilometres. Steep cliffside stairs dating from colonial days separate the Aboriginal community in the public housing in Woolloomooloo from […]